Other students described climbing the bell tower as a risky rite of passage. They were not identified. "I think a large part of the reason people want to do this so badly is that the school doesn't allow it", said Patrick Burke, Fordham College at Rose Hill '14.
"There's the three things you have to do at Fordham".
Sydney was studying journalism and interned at InStyle magazine - being set to graduate in May.
Christopher Rodgers, dean of students at Rose Hill, told The Ram in 2013 that since "the clock tower is rather unsafe, and therefore secured area of campus, students would likely face disciplinary action if they entered it". "I would say the other two reasons for going up are the wonderful view of the entire campus from up there and the ability to brag about doing it". After treating themselves to a barbecue dinner off-campus, Monfries and friends chose to sneak into the tower to drink and garner pictures for their respective social media accounts. "Over the years, a very small number of students have been found in the area, and the circumstances have usually been simple curiosity", the dean, Christopher Rodgers said. I'll never forget all of our memories back when you lived in NJ and I'll forever cherish them! I'm not sure if it's a tradition.
And despite the tower being off-limits to students, that hasn't stopped them from climbing it. Students say sneaking into the university's most recognizable building at night has always been a tradition for Fordham seniors. The bell tower has recently become a place for graduating seniors to sneak into as a rite of passage. Morales admitted that it was common behavior for students to go "late at night at around one or two A.M.to drink and see the view".